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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Part IB | Core subject

Course Description 2023-24

The main aims of this course are that students: (a) acquire the ability to understand intermediate written and spoken Japanese; (b) acquire the ability to handle oral communication effectively to express themselves in Japanese in a limited range of topics; (c) increase competence in written skills.

Form and Conduct

This paper consists of four sections: section A tests candidates’ kanji knowledge and ability to translate Japanese into English; section B requires candidates to answer questions that test their knowledge of Japanese grammar; section C requires candidates to answer in Japanese and/or in English questions on one unseen text in Japanese and translate part of the text into English; section D requires candidates to write a composition in Japanese.


This description is subject to change, for the latest information, students should consult the Undergraduate Handbook available on the Faculty Intranet.

Terms taught
Michaelmas, Lent, Easter
Michaelmas, Lent, Easter
Michaelmas, Lent, Easter